Jon Shear, CEO
Jon has extensive field experience with the emergency responder, business continuity, disaster preparedness, and military markets leading projects and business development efforts in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has developed comprehensive programs to improve preparedness for both military and civilian organizations to include support to the National Preparedness Task Force at the Department of Homeland Security. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), a graduate of the DHS National Planner’s course, HSEEP Certified, Incident Command System (ICS) Train-the-Trainer certified, Continuity of Operations (COOP) Train-the-Trainer certified, Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Technician certified, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) certified with 25+ years of emergency management/planning experience. He has designed and conducted over 300 exercises, workshops, and training events throughout the U.S. and in numerous countries, and has responded to disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. He also has extensive experience with pandemic planning to include leading the development of the DHS and DOT pandemic plans, and support to numerous COVID-19 planning, training and exercise efforts such as operational assessments of organizational response, food access planning, and emergency response team training.
Ken Fisher, Vice President, Operations
Ken holds an M.A. from Webster University and is a certified project management professional (PMP, SCRUM, Lean-Six), a graduate of the DHS National Planner’s course, is HSEEP certified, and is certified as an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP). He has over 25 years of emergency management planning and project/program management experience with a focus on incident management planning and preparedness, exercise design; process analysis; infrastructure protection; staff operations; policy development; training development and presentation; gap analysis; contingency planning; pandemic planning; emergency power prioritization planning; operational assessments; hurricane and tsunami planning; and web-based remote collaborative systems. He has served as an evaluator for National level exercises and has supported planning and exercise efforts for several State and Local government agencies as well as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
Ashley Huffman-Curry, Associate
Ashley earned her M.A. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, College of Professional and Continuing Studies. She has a decade of experience as an Emergency Manager in the public and private sectors and within the Department of Defense. She has contributed to exercise and training development, responded to public health emergencies such the Tulsa County DHAII (Dental Health Acquired Infection Investigation) where she served as the Logistics Section Chief and the Tulsa County Ebola Response where she served as the Operations Section Chief. She has responded to natural disasters such as the Moore, OK tornado (2015) and the Sand Springs, OK tornado (2013), and has developed hazard mitigation plans, disaster response plans, and a Jurisdictional risk assessment (Tulsa County, OK). She has contributed to the writing of twenty-two Country Disaster Management Reference Handbooks and she served as the lead Research Analyst assigned to the Bangladesh Disaster Management Country Assessment (Honolulu, HI). She has served as a state-level exercise evaluator (Oklahoma), attended the National Strategic Stockpile Prep course (SNS Prep) held by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL., completed the NATO CIMIC Awareness Course, Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC) held by USAID, Humanitarian Assistance Response Training (HART) Course conducted by the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM), and received the Medical Emergency Response Center (MERC) Operations Certification (Oklahoma). She earned her B.S. in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning with a minor in Public Administration from the University of North Texas, College of Health and Public Service.
Hannah Ritz, Senior Consultant
Hannah earned her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University, where she focused on U.S. National Security and Terrorism. As a graduate student, she participated in various tabletop exercises and concentrated her thesis on the response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. She then worked as an analyst in Washington, D.C., supporting the design, scenario development, and execution of seminars, workshops, and functional exercises. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
Sam Butler, Senior Consultant
Sam graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a B.S. in Management. After teaching High School special education for three years in San Diego, CA and East Hampton, NY, Sam attended the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and earned an M.S. in Emergency Management. While completing his degree at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Sam interned with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority as an emergency planner, and with Barnstable County as an assistant in the hazard mitigation department. Sam then worked for Bristol County Public Health as an emergency planner for two years, where he developed and facilitated tabletop exercises on emerging infectious disease and bioterrorism events, and conducted several training events related to emergency dispensing sites and other public health issues. In his spare time, Sam volunteers for Team Rubicon as a grey shirt, has earned his OSHA 30, and is interested in other professional development opportunities.
Joseph Pak, Senior Consultant
Joseph earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with University Honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2009. After teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and TOEFL Test Prep in Seoul, South Korea, Joseph attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa to pursue graduate education in Global Health Protection and Security. Joseph also worked as a Graduate Researcher at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) under the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. While working as a Graduate Researcher, Joseph assisted with developing online courses on protective measures against biological agents due to the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. After his graduate studies, Joseph earned the distinction of being nationally ranked in the top 10% of newly commissioned Active Duty US Army Officers and branched into the US Army Medical Service Corps. While serving, Joseph participated in several large-scale, interagency civilian evacuation and defensive joint training exercises that included participants from the Red Cross, US Department of State, US Forces Korea, US Forces Japan, and the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys training for triathlons and listening to classical music.
Dylan Yates, Consultant
Dylan earned his B.A. in Emergency Preparedness from the State University of New York at Albany, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity where he participated in a variety of simulated and tabletop emergency management/disaster response exercises such as Missouri HOPE exercise and NYS Excelsior Challenge. While completing his degree he worked with the Office of Emergency Management and National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) to develop the COVID-19 student support team tasked to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and provide resources to students through quarantine and isolation. He then worked as a NYS Contact Tracer to provide health education and guidance to interrupt disease transmission in New York State.
Gillian Terlecky, Consultant
Gillian earned her B.S. in Public Health from Drexel University in 2019. She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Pennsylvania in the spring of 2021, where her primary areas of focus consisted of qualitative research and programmatic evaluation. She held multiple research assistant roles while pursuing her graduate degree, including one through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Prevention in which she recruited and screened eligible participants and conducted study visits for the Tension Harness Car Seat Safety study. Since moving to Hawaii, she holds experience as a CDC public health advisor at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Quarantine Station, where she collaborates with Hawaii’s Department of Health and Quarantine Stations across the U.S. to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in passengers flying into and departing from the state of Hawaii.
Macy Holloway, Consultant
Macy earned her M.A. in International Development with concentrations in Renewable Energy & Disaster Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. As a graduate student, she worked as a researcher for the Gender Equality in Public Administration Working Group, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, to collect, visualize, and analyze data on women’s participation in and leadership of public administration to reveal gender gaps by sector and level within conflict-affected countries. She also worked with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross to assist with the development and maintenance of their local disaster shelter simulations, plans, inventory, and contracts. She earned her B.A. in Writing and Linguistics from Georgia Southern University
Michael Wong Loi Sing, Creative Director
Michael has over 20 years of experience in art, creative direction, and graphic design. He has worked with a wide range of clients from small businesses to large corporations, providing great design solutions, brand design services and creative – art direction for various projects locally and internationally.